FPL Discusses New Technology with Local Builders & Developers

FPL Discusses New Technology with Local Builders & Developers

Larry K. Williams, President & CEO of The Beacon Council; Eric Silagy, CEO of FPL; and Irene White, D irector of External Affairs for FPL; participated in a meeting with builders and developers on Dec. 2 at The Beacon Council.

The Beacon Council hosted a roundtable discussion with local builders and developers and Florida Power & Light President & CEO Eric Silagy. The discussion focused on new technology enhancing FPL’s ability to service customers, trends in energy production and distribution impacting our community, and the creation of FPL’s Major Construction Project Services Team.

The Major Project Team was created to facilitate communication between FPL and the builders during the construction phase, plan ahead for power needs, and provide a single point of contact to streamline the process. The Beacon Council is dedicated to working with local businesses to overcome obstacles and enhance job growth and investment.


Eastern Airlines and Miami Dade College Sign Training Agreement

Ed Wegel, CEO, Eastern Airlines; and Dr. Eduardo Padron, President, Miami Dade College; sign the historic training agreement on Dec 1 at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus.

Eastern Airlines and Miami-Dade College inked a historic agreement to develop and train aviation industry talent to support the growth of Eastern Airlines in Miami.

One year ago Eastern took delivery of its first aircraft and has grown to operating three aircrafts presently and plan for ten by the end of 2016. The agreement with Miami Dade College secures a steady stream of talent in flight training, maintenance and records management for Eastern Airlines and the broader aviation industry in Miami.

This partnership is a model for the One Community One Goal (OCOG) Academic Leaders Council as Miami Dade College identified the skills needed in our local industry and responded with this training program. Interestingly, when the original Eastern Airlines was going out of business, Miami Dade College developed a program to retrain Eastern employees for professions outside of the aviation industry. Now more than 20 years later, a renewed partnership is helping train people to come back into aviation. This partnership is one of the largest skills development partnerships in South Florida in recent years.


New Leaders Taskforce Discusses Miami’s Brain Gain

On Dec. 3, The Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce (NLT) discussed how Miami has turned “brain drain” into “brain gain” during its first meeting of the fiscal year at The Beacon Council office. Matt Anderson, Immediate Past Chair, reviewed the NLT’s many accomplishments from the past year including meeting with more than 1,500 students throughout the Miami-Dade County School District regarding career opportunities in Miami-Dade, as well as partnering with numerous universities and non profit organizations for professional development. He also highlighted the high energy and growth of the annual “Why Miami” event.

Anderson introduced new NLT Chair, Oscar Lopez, Credit Analyst, TD Bank, whose plans for the year include collaboration with the Beacon Council industry committees and continued work with high school and college students.

Now in its fourth year, the NLT is committed to providing young professionals with an opportunity to further develop organizational and community building skills and a platform for tomorrow’s community leaders.


New Website Startup.Miami Provides Guide to Miami’s Startup Scene

Startup.Miami launched Dec. 1 by the New Tropic in partnership with the Knight Foundation. The guide is designed to help entrepreneurs, investors, job seekers and others interested in the city’s startup growth to navigate Miami’s tech scene and connect to build successful businesses.

Features include:

* Community: Connecting entrepreneurs to mentors, investors and each other through events, as well as opportunities to collaborate and learn.
* Funding: Offering information on investor networks, accelerators, startup competitions and more.
* Talent: Helping growing teams find new talent and supporting job seekers who want to enter the Miami startup scene.
* Training: Providing tips on learning opportunities for people interested in working in tech and people at all levels interested in skill-building.
* Spaces: Offering insights on where to set up shop and find a workspace.
* People: Highlighting the leaders behind the growth of Miami’s innovation ecosystem.


GIS Website Features Available Properties

The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County website www.miamidadesites.com features available vacant industrial and commercial properties. It is based on user-defined criteria for Miami-Dade County utilizing geographically based demographic and business information.
It also enables commercial real estate brokers to register and highlight available parcels. Listings are provided at no cost and reach a targeted audience including Site Selectors/Consultants, Real Estate Developers, and businesses pursuing new opportunities in Miami-Dade County. Listings are featured regularly in this newsletter. For more information, contact Jennifer R. Hernandez, Director of Economic Development at The Beacon Council.


Featured listing of the week:

14400 NW 60 AV

  • Address: 14400 NW 60 AV
  • City: Miami Lakes
  • County: Miami-Dade County
  • Zip Code: 33016
  • Type: Industrial, Other
  • Min Size: 0 sqft
  • Max Size: 11,000 sqft


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December 7-13, 2015 NEWSLETTER
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The 2016 forecast for global passengers embarking cruise ships in 2016 is estimated to be 24 million, compared to 23 million in 2015 and 22.1 million in 2014.

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Save the Date
Key Ceremony
Wednesday, March 9  @ Conrad Miami
Join Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, County Commissioners, local elected officials and The Beacon Council as we honor companies that have located or expanded in Miami-Dade.
1395 Brickell Ave. Third Floor
5:30 p.m. 
Save the Date
Access Breakfast
Friday, Jan. 22
@The Beacon Council

Bank of America and The Beacon Council invite you to a panel discussion on: 

“Building the Talent that Fuels Our Innovation
The Beacon Council in the News
Pamela Fuertes-Berti,  Project Lead for the Creative Design Committee at The Beacon Council, discussed the economic impact of Art Basel and Miami Art Week on Miami-Dade during the Pete De La Torre Business Radio Show.  Fuertes-Berti, who is Vice President of International Economic Development, talked about areas such as Little Haiti and Hialeah that have recently launched art districts.  She also discussed the Arts & Business Survey to examine how local businesses support non-profit arts activities and  the Miami Fashion Incubator whose goal is to identify the next generation of fashion entrepreneurs. 
Free Small Business Workshop Series Launches in January

Miami Dade College, School of Business. in partnership with Citi Foundation is offering Free seminars and workshops for small business owners.

FDOT Launches 95 Express “Drive Safe” Newsletter

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 6 safety campaign “DRIVE SAFE 95 EXPRESS – The Choice is Yours” promotes safe driving practices along I-95. The goal is to raise awareness about the consequences improper lane changing and speeding is having on the highway’s safety and mobility.


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Our Mission:
As Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, The Beacon Council is charged with bringing new, job-generating investments to the community, while assisting existing businesses in their efforts to expand. By doing this, The Beacon Council facilitates the creation of quality jobs for each and every resident of Miami-Dade County. The Beacon Council is an accredited economic development organization. 
Will you join us? Call Member-Investors at (305) 579-1326(305) 579-1326


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